Now is the perfect time to start planning for fall housing.
Which Housing Option is Right for my Student?
There are several options for housing some of which you and your student have already used. ISU Housing wants to make sure you are aware of all your students’ choices.
The first housing option is the residence hall
Residence halls are best suited for traditional freshmen and sophomores. Residence halls offer a strong community atmosphere and student interaction through educational, social, and cultural programming. One of the benefits of choosing to live in a residence hall are meal plans. Chartwells, ISU’s dining provider, offers both all you care to eat and declining balance plans. Cuisine ranges from American to Italian and Asian. There is no question that students will be well-fed and satisfied. All three dining locations (Rendezvous Hall, Pond Student Union and Turner Common) are committed to offering students a wide selection of delicious and nutritious options.
The second option to consider is ISU’s on-campus apartments
On-campus apartments are available to non-traditional freshman and sophomores and students who have already completed their first year of college. Apartment living provides an opportunity to live in among a community of students and their families from all over Idaho, the United States, and the world.
To apply for one of the on-campus housing options, please follow these steps:
Log into BengalWeb.
Once in BengalWeb click on the ‘University Resources’ tab.
Click the ‘Apply for Housing’ link in the ‘University Housing’ channel and select the application for the academic year.
Please note your application will not be completed until you have paid the $150 deposit.
Remember the earlier you apply, the earlier you can secure the spot you want!
The last option to consider is off-campus living. Many ISU students choose to live off-campus. Living off-campus is a great choice for many students, however, you and your student will want to answer several questions before making that choice such as:
Safety: Is my student in a safe neighborhood?
Rent/utilities: Can my student afford to pay rent and utilities each month?
Transportation: How will my student get to and from class each day?
Lease requirements: Is my student aware most leases require a one year contract?
Furnishings: Does the housing come furnished or will my student need furniture?
Food: Does my student have convenient access to a grocery store?
Laundry: Does the housing have its own laundry facilities or will my student need to consider public laundry facilities and are they convenient?
Live On...Connect, Be Involved, and Succeed!
At ISU Housing we understand that deciding where a student should live is just one of the major decisions a student makes during his or her college career. We want you to be fully aware of the choices, benefits, and statistics about living on and off campus.
Did you know that students who live on-campus have higher grade point averages and higher rates of retention than students living off campus? It’s true, on average, traditional-age freshmen living in residence halls have GPAs that are 10% higher than their peers living off campus. Students that choose to live on campus are more likely to take advantage of the many benefits offered to them. Why is that? Proximity! When students are immersed in campus living they have more opportunity to form relationships and be part of a larger community of students sharing similar experiences and resources.
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